EDITORIAL: In newest gaming debate don’t forget how Maine tribes have been unfairly shut out in the past

EDITORIAL: In newest gaming debate don’t forget how Maine tribes have been unfairly shut out in the past

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  • Bangor Daily News Editorial Board,
March 3, 2022 9:34 PM
  • Bangor Daily News Editorial Board,

    Maine tribes have repeatedly been blocked, by voters and by state government, in efforts to enter the gaming industry. This continued exclusion has not been fair. So as lawmakers consider a bill that would give tribes control of a new mobile sports betting market, we view this as a potential rebalancing of a situation that has historically left them behind.

    In an attempt to build toward compromise with Maine tribes, Gov. Janet Mills and others have been working on a proposal that would make federally recognized tribes in the state the only group eligible to get mobile sports betting licenses, which are not yet available in Maine.